edify

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From Old French edifier (to build, to edify), from Latin aedificare (build).

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edify (third-person singular simple present edifies, present participle edifying, simple past and past participle edified)

  1. (now rare) To build, construct.
  2. (transitive) To instruct or improve morally or intellectually.
    • Gibbon
      It does not appear probable that our dispute [about miracles] would either edify or enlighten the public.
    • 1813, The Connecticut Evangelical Magazine, Vol. VI, page 455
      That they ought to edify one another by maintaining and promoting the knowledge of truth.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Francis Bacon to this entry?)

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